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IATA Data Shows Tourists Confident in Air Travel Again

A new study found that most airline passengers are confident about the safety of air travel and support mask-wearing in the near term.

According to data from the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) latest passenger survey, 85 percent of respondents believe aircraft are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected, while another 65 percent agree the air on a plane is as clean as an operating room...read more



DOT Proposes Rules to Refund Fees for Delayed Bags

The Department of Transportation has proposed new rules that would require airlines to refund baggage fees when checked bags are ‘significantly’ delayed. Under the proposed rule, that would mean a bag not delivered to the passenger within 12 hours for domestic itineraries and within 25 hours for international itineraries. Currently, passengers are entitled to baggage fee refunds only when their baggage is lost. The department estimates the proposed rule change could mean $10.7 million to $11.4 million annually in refunded baggage fees...read more



Canada to Lift Restrictions

for Fully Vaccinated U.S. Travelers From August 9

The Canadian government announced on Monday that it would allow U.S. citizens and permanent residents who have been fully vaccinated for at least 14 days to enter the country starting August 9, a move that will provide a gigantic boost to the country’s tourism industry.

Canada might also open its door to more than U.S. citizens in the near future. The government also revealed it plans to allow international visitors fully vaccinated for the same amount of time from countries other the U.S. starting on September 7, provided that Covid-19 conditions in the country remain favorable...read more


House Passes Bill Requiring TSA to Develop Improved COVID-Related Protocols

Congress passed new legislation on Tuesday that would require the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to develop a new plan to improve COVID-related airport security screening protocols.

According to The Hill, the bill was passed by the House of Representatives 319-105 and directs the TSA to work with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Department of Health and Human Services on a strategy to reduce the spread of coronavirus at passenger screening checkpoints and among agency personnel.

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How Early Should I Get to the Airport?


Are you usually that person at the airport who’s sprinting to the departure gate, or are you the anxious flyer who lurks around the boarding area for hours before takeoff? If you’ve ever done either, you’ve probably asked yourself: How early should I get to the airport, really?

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) does offer a general rule for average flights, but really, there’s no single answer to this question. The time you’ll need to get to your gate will depend on the airport, time of day, and destination. Here’s how much time you should leave for check-in and security, and how to know when you should add (or subtract) more time...read more





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